Brad Lapsley President of The Cemetery Association
David Bottlinger
David Bottlinger
History Blooms 2008


Classic Gardens
Classic Gardens &
Lowe's Team Up
History Blooms 2008


Finished Project
Finished Project
History Blooms 2008
Don Tefelski
Don Tefelski
of Classic Gardens Pitches in
History Blooms 2008


Lowes Project
Lowes Project
History Blooms 2008


Planting Veteran's Grave
Planting a Veteran's Grave
History Blooms 2008

History Blooms in the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery November 1, 2008

More Than History Blossomed at the
Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery

The day could't have been more perfect when Lowe's and Classic Gardens & Landscape provided materials and labor to beautify the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery. How fitting that November 1st was All Saints Day.

Employees of Lowe's, working on a Corporate Hero's project, removed sections of the chain link fencing at the entrance to the cemetery and replaced it with four panels of ornamental wrought iron and a new gate. They set a stone entrance and placed raised flower beds on each side of the gate. Lowe's also supplied 850 daffodil bulbs for the Cemetery Association of Murphy members, Garden Club of Murphy members, scouting groups and the public to plant at graves.

Don Tafelski owner of Classic Gardens & Landscape and Sean Hinds brought out multiple bags of dirt and mulch to the cemetery and spent the day preparing the ground at each of the 15 veteran markers, other markers participants had chosen for their plantings and the raised flower beds. Many people brought bulbs from their home gardens such as iris and tulips to lend a personal touch. Don and Sean also created and planted a flower bed at the cemetery's south side tree line close to where a brush arbor once stood many years ago. This flower bed will be the back drop for future gatherings.

Work began about 8:30 a.m. and ended close to 3:30 p.m. with only a respite for lunch, graciously donated by Mogio's Gourmet Pizza and soft drinks from Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. Marcia Jowers, Cemetery Association of Murphy member, took the moment to thank Lowe's for their generosity in choosing the abandoned cemetery as this year's employee project and she also thanked Don Tafelski, Classic Gardens, for his personal commitment to making the community event a success.

The Cemetery Association of Murphy thanks each and every person who came out to join in the planting or who donated time, materials, food, drink and support. This spring we will see in total the result of everyone's hard work and desire to beautify Murphy's historical landmark, the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery.